Edgewood woman charged in 2012 arson

An Edgewood woman who teaches elementary school in Baltimore turned herself in on charges of arson stemming from a 2012 fire, the Office of the State Fire Marshal's Office said Wednesday.

Loretta Joyce Cunningham, 49, of the 1300 block of East Spring Meadow Court, is allegedly responsible for a May 30, 2012, fire in Woodbridge Commons, at 1325 Gold Meadow Way, according to a news release.

The fire caused $10,000 worth of damage at the apartment at the time. Investigators found multiple fires that had been set inside the second-floor apartment.

Cunningham turned herself in at the Maryland State Police Barrack in Bel Air without incident.

Public defender Brian Cunningham said during a bail review in Harford County District Court Thursday that his client teaches 4th grade and 5th grade in Baltimore City Public Schools. She oversees math coordination and is a literacy liaison for the system, he said.

Loretta Cunningham has lived in Harford County for 10 years and has three children, the lawyer said, and she has no prior criminal record.

Loretta Cunningham has been charged with first-degree arson, false or misleading information, first-degree malicious burning, malicious burning in a fraud case, reckless endangerment, making a false statement to an officer and vandalism.

District Court Judge Mimi Cooper ordered her to continue to be held on $100,000 bond. She posted bond Friday and was released from jail, according to online court records.

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